When I opened Amazon this morning I couldn't believe my eyes! I have almost reached the top 100 in the Sci-Fi/Dystopian category. This is AMAZING to me!
How did this happen? Because of you. Because you bought my book. Because you gave me a review. Because you have been clicking on links to my books. This one little thing going right this week is super exciting! But this isn't the only thing I'm celebrating.
I'd still really love to sell more books in the coming weeks so I can get below the #100 mark on Amazon.
The “Elena Ransom” series I'm writing chronicles the lives of Elena Ransom and her friends at Grimsby School of the Republic. It's a fantasy adventure story for ages 11-14. Although the setting takes place in the future, it is truly a coming of age story that deals with making friends, death of parents, death of classmates, handling bullies, problem solving, betrayal, and numerous other topics throughout the course of the (eventual) 6 books.
Also, I'd love to get more reviews. EVERY. SINGLE. REVIEW helps! If you've read my book(s) please consider giving a review today.
Thank you, friends! Happy Reading!
So... I'm really hard on myself as a writer. The picture above is of my edits AFTER the copy editor read my manuscript. Are you really critical of your writing? Or perhaps you're really critical when you're reading novels by other authors.
Once upon a time, I had anxiety over the amount of editing I felt I needed to do. After the first draft of my Book 1 manuscript was complete I read it and thought, "Wow! This is REALLY, REALLY terrible!"
I was even sad about it for a few days. But then I realized... I. AM. A. WRITER. Which means that I already possess the ability to make my story better.
What do you tend to do when you have anxiety over your writing?
For me, time is Key. I am writing a 6 book series. Because all the books together are one completely story, it's super important to me that each book follows along where the previous one left off. I want all my characters to have appropriate development in each book. I want my readers to feel surprised, anxious, and excited as they follow my characters. I want my readers to laugh and cry (which most tell me they do both of). Therefore, I always take the amount of Time I need to tell the story so I don't feel rushed.
My advice for today is, don't stress when your manuscript bleeds red. It means there's an opportunity to make your story better.
I've joined a lot of Facebook groups lately with writers, authors, and aspiring authors asking all the right questions about self publishing... Aaaannddd... asking all the SAME questions about self publishing. So, I'm planning to vlog about common self publishing questions over the next few weeks (or months) as I think of things, or as you have questions for me.
My first video features the 4 Key Steps you would need to follow if you're planning to self publish a book.
I've published 2 books myself, and have also helped one of my clients publish 4 books and 2 manuals using Create Space through Amazon.
My #ElenaRansom series chronicles the lives of Elena and her friends at Grimsby School of the Republic. Although the setting takes place in the future, it is truly a coming of age story that deals with making friends, death of parents, death of classmates, handling bullies, problem solving, betrayal, and numerous other topics throughout the course of the (eventual) 6 books.
If you have any questions about self publishing or if you'd like me to vlog about anything specific, please fill out my Contact Us form now:
Dear Epic Inkers,
I felt out of place as a teen...more than once. But the truth is, we're only as alone as we choose to be. I'm not saying it's easy to make friends or feel connected with people, but don't be discouraged!